UTICA – Mohawk Valley Community College says its women’s basketball team will suspend its season and forfeit all of its 2017-2018 games because of NJCAA bylaw violations.
MVCC sent a news release Tuesday afternoon announcing the decision. The school says from May through July of 2017 “an individual within the Athletics Department” provided assistance exceeding limits prescribed by the National Junior College Athletic Association. MVCC says “Division III programs may not provide any athletic scholarship/aid of any kind.”
“We recognize the emotional toll and significant impact for all involved,” said Gary Broadhurst, associate dean of Athletics and Physical Education at MVCC. “To lose an entire season like this is certainly difficult. But MVCC is proud of our athletic programs’ tradition of excellence, and, more importantly, its integrity, and as such, we are taking immediate and appropriate action based on the information provided. We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity to continue a tradition of excellence for our student-athletes and continue the proud history of Hawk Athletics.”
MVCC says the athletics department employee has been placed on administrative leave during their internal investigation.